So, it is time to recognize the best and worst stories on obesity in 2011. (Why this is important to do just because we have to buy a new calendar isn’t quite clear to me but everyone seems to be doing it).
The selection really wasn’t too hard. First place for best development goes to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for adding intensive behavioral counseling for obesity to the benefits for Medicare beneficiaries.
Second place honors go to the Canadian Obesity Network for their Images Gallery, a creative step to generate positive visual images of persons with obesity.
There were more candidates for the worst developments in 2011. However, the winner for the worst development goes to Dr. David Ludwig for his article sanctioning state removal of obese children from their families on the presumption that the parents are deficient and the child may have to have bariatric surgery years in the future.
Second place was a toss-up between Congress declaring pizza a vegetable and Washington Post Eugene Robinson’s saying New Jersey Republican Governor was not qualified to be President because he is obese. The award goes to Eugene Robinson because he should know better; we have lower expectations for Congress.
Here’s hoping for more good stories and fewer bad stories in 2012. Have a Happy New Year!